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Excessive Sweating & tiredness

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 19, 2008
  • 00:30 AM

I am extremely distressed by my sweating symptoms which came on 2 years ago suddenly and excessively.

I am 23 years old, generally healthy.

The symptoms: feel intense heat in my chest, have a hot flush, extreme sweating then feel freezing cold. Extremely tired during and after the sweating.

25th March 2006 I felt a bit clammy at work. The feeling was more like a hot flush that made me feel extremely tired and want to lay down, hot and then saturated from sweat on my torso (stomach, back and groin area) to the point I needed to change my clothes and then felt freezing. This got worse to the point I'd need to change clothes every 2 hours or so and was drenched 24 hours a day. I would need to change my bedsheets a few times a night.

I visited over 50 doctors and specialists and have over 100 blood tests for all the usual hormones, cancers, thyroid, illnesses relating to travelling to Asia, STDs, you name it I've had it. All test came back 100% normal except for a gamma globulen level of 1200 which could not be attributed to anything. The lack of answers and constant suggestion of it being a horrible illness that would rear its head when it was ready caused immense depression and crying, panic attacks and a general feeling of unwellness.

Natural therapies have helped a lot and the sweating is almost under control however now my Mum is suffering from the same symptoms. She has been through menopause over 8 years ago and we are not blood related.

We live in the blue mountains in Sydney Australia, I worked in an old building that had birds living in the roof & possibly asbestos, TV station so surrounded by towers and sattelite dishes. These things have all been considered in my diagnosis.

Can anyone help? This has been extremely distressing for me and my family and so far we've had no answers...

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  • Well, it's possible that it's something like the beginning of thyroid problems. Even though the test supposedly came back normal. I emphasize supposedly because unless you obtain copies of your lab results and compare them to the truth about them, you'll never know if they were normal. You'll only have a doctor or nurse telling you they were normal.I know, I've been there myself. I now keep records in my own files so I do know the truth.Tests need to find out if it is thyroid problems are TSH, FreeT3, and FreeT4. Those are the basic ones needed. There's more if you've got problems with other parts of body such as the adrenal glands and pituitary gland.http://www.thyroidmanager.org/This site will help you find out about what's normal and what's borderline and what's not normal. Personally, I believe normal is only found on the dryer controls. ;) http://www.drrind.com/This site will help you compare different results on thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary test against what's optimal.http://www.freewebs.com/thyroidThis site will help you find support and more information.Sounds like your symptoms are that of your body's inability to control it's temperature regulation. That's something you find in thyroid disease.
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  • I'm assuming you're not diabetic or menopausal as those would be too obvious. Have you ever had a head/brain injury? CNS problems as well as endocrine problems can cause problems with thermoregulation. Do you take your core temperature when you have these episodes? Do they concur with your environment (meaning do you get excessively cold when it's cold or excessively hot when it's hot)? My boyfriend had a head injury and after that he could not tolerate being anywhere above 72 degrees. He would literally get heat exhaustion in 80 degree whether. Don't know why, the brain is extremely complex, but even a minor injury you may not have even thought about can "flip a switch" as my doctor said and all kinds of things can happen. So anyway I would look into neuro as well as endocrine.
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  • The one thing I have found that helps a lot is diet and exercise. When I am eating healthy I notice that I sweat less. I'm not sure if it has to do with the reduction of sugar or fats or maybe both, but it definately makes a big difference.Also, exercising makes a difference. When I intentionally workup a sweat I seem to sweat less during the day.Of course when I am excited, nervous or anxious I tend to sweat more than others too. So I try really hard to chanell those emotions as best I can.http://adam.about.com/encyclopedia/Sweating.htmhttp://www.stoppingexcessivesweating.com/CheersJames.
    jameshayden 2 Replies
    • August 19, 2008
    • 05:48 AM
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  • Well there is a lot of logical explanations for that fact, the most simple, is that if your body has increased body fat that will contribute mainly to sweating that´s the most easy explanation. But there are other things that may cause sweating and that is due to our genetics and psychology, sometimes sweating is something that your body produces without any metaphysic reason and it doesn't´t have to do with nothing in specific, but it can happen other times due to how we deal with life and how we are as persons if you are more apprehensive, nervous and uncomfortable your brain produces more sweating. The one thing I have found that helps a lot is diet and exercise. When I am eating healthy I notice that I sweat less. I'm not sure if it has to do with the reduction of sugar or fats or maybe both, but it definately makes a big difference. Also, exercising makes a difference. When I intentionally workup a sweat I seem to sweat less during the day. Of course when I am excited, nervous or anxious I tend to sweat more than others too. So I try really hard to chanell those emotions as best I can. http://pediatrics.about.com/od/weeklyquestion/a/04_sweating.htmTake Care.
    jameshayden 2 Replies
    • August 19, 2008
    • 05:53 AM
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  • Sounds like type 2 or age onset diabetes .. I had all the same signs about 7 years ago except I was losing weight which at the time I was please about !!You need to get to your GP or practise nurse to do some simple blood and urine tests to establish . You may find you also have issues with High Blood Pressure .I wish you luck because if is is Diabetes type 2 you will now have the fun time of regular visits to surgery for check ups . I should know it has been part of my regular routine now for the 7 years or so since I was diagnosed . Don't wait too long all of the test and stuff are really straightforward , its just the sitting in waiting rooms that is a pain !!
    fertinel 4 Replies
    • September 9, 2008
    • 03:35 PM
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